Good Day Alabama for February 27, 2013

Good Day Alabama for February 27, 2013

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for February 27, 2013:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us this morning at the 3rd Annual Birmingham Fashion Week. It runs through Saturday, March 2nd at Pepper Place (2829 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233). BFW was founded on the ideals of bringing unity to our community through fashion. Local and national designers, alongside local and national boutiques, will gather together to promote and inspire our rising stars. Models, make-up and hair stylists will showcase their talents on the runway, while encouraging locals and visitors to explore the creative talents of Birmingham.  For tickets or more information, visit http://bhamfashionweek.com/.

TAX HELP - Dan Boone with the IRS joined us this morning with some tips on taxes!  The IRS is still working on updating about 30 forms. The list is available at www.irs.gov. But the IRS expects to have all forms updated by the first full week of March. The good news is that most people can go ahead and file now because the most common forms are all updated. To check on your refund, also visit www.irs.gov and click on the "Where's My Refund?" tool. If you're having trouble getting your W-2 from your employer, contact the IRS and, if you have information about your income and withholding, like a paystub, you can still fill out a substitute W-2 that can be used to file your taxes.  The IRS has about 20 free tax help sites in this area that are staffed by trained volunteers. They will prepare and e-file taxes for people who had less than $51,000 in income last year or who are age 60 or older. Find the closest site by going to www.irs.gov and searching for "volunteer tax help" or by calling 1-800-906-9887.  If you worked any part of last year and made less than $51,000, you may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Go to www.irs.gov and use the EITC assistant to see if you are eligible. It can be worth up to $5900.  You can file your own returns online at the IRS website by clicking on the Free File button. This takes you to a list of about 20 tax software companies that partner with the IRS to offer free access to their software. If your income was less than $57,000, you qualify to use the software. Even if your income was more than that, you can use the part of Free File called Fillable Forms.  The IRS now has a free app for smartphones - the IRS2Go app is available for i-Phones and Androids. It allows you to check your refund status and to order tax transcripts for things like applying for scholarships or mortgage loans. It lets you stay in touch with the IRS wherever you are. For more information on tax help, visit  http://www.irs.gov.

ZOO - Mickey visited with Lindsey Herron from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the cave snakes and Spring Break camps. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.

STAND-UP FOR AUTISM - Time for the annual Stand Up for Autism! It is this Friday night at the Bama Theater in Tuscaloosa. Doors open at 6pm and the laughs begin at 7pm. Hilarity and merriment are served at Stand-Up for Autism, a comedy event benefiting Arts 'n Autism. Arts 'n Autism is an after school program and summer camp for children with autism. All proceeds benefit Arts 'n Autism. Tickets are $30 for a single ticket or $50 for a couple. The featured comedians for the event are Rick Dowling, Brad Fisher, and Max Karrh. For more information, visit http://standupforautism.com.

ASK THE PET DOCTOR - Dr. Jerome Williams from Red Mountain Animal Clinic joined us to take viewer questions about their pets. For more information, call (205) 326-8080 or visit redmountainanimalclinic.com

GARDENING - Aldridge Garden's Elizabeth Furst, Event Coordinator/Facility Rentals, and Debbie Bartoletti, Director of Marketing, explained the opening of the Aldridge Garden and Gift Shop "Roots" which will open March 10th at Aldridge Gardens.  They also discussed the opening of the exhibition of the Edith Emery-Addor Birdhouse Collection that will open with the garden & gift shop that same Sunday, March 10th 2-4pm. Aldridge Gardens is located at 3530 Lorna Road in Hoover. For more information, call (205) 682-8019 or visit the new website at www.aldridgeGardens.com. This spring visitors will have one more good reason to visit the Aldridge Gardens - a great garden and gift shop! Beginning March 10, Aldridge Garden and Gift Shop "Roots" will open its doors to the public. This garden and gift shop is unlike anything we've offered at the Gardens before. Follow the arbor-covered path to the indoor and outdoor display areas showcasing annuals, perennials, shrubs, pots and containers, books, home and garden accessories, gifts and more. Roots has partnered with area garden retailers Hanna's Garden Shop and Myers Plants and Pottery, and Alabama Environmental Center will educate visitors on rain water recycling through the installation of a rain barrel. Roots managers have made a conscious effort to demonstrate the creative use of recyclables. And to help celebrate the grand opening, more than 100 birdhouses will line the pathway to the new gift shop. The birdhouse exhibit is a collection of the late Mrs. Edith Emery-Addor, a bird enthusiast and frequent visitor to the Gardens.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, it's the final day of the Good Day Challenge! Dr. Asa Andrew joins us with advice to take us from this 30 Day Kick-off to a healthier lifestyle into an everyday healthier lifestyle! He even takes us grocery shopping for everyday items like bread and potatoes that we want to add back to our diet. Spring is just around the corner and we check out the latest styles and fashions for spring time. Jeh Jeh wraps up Black History Month with voices from the Alabama School of Fine Arts Choir. And we introduce you to our pet of the week! Join us for this and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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